Bill Cosby Tells A Great Carroll Shelby Story


I don’t know what’s funnier, that Bill Cosby bumped into Carroll Shelby in a grocery store back in 1966 or so, or that he wrote one of the greatest comedy bits (about cars) of all time about what happened next.

That meeting led to Cosby agreeing to buy a Shelby Cobra Super Snake CSX 3303, a super rare — only two were built — twin-supercharger, 900-hp version of the Cobra with a Ford C-6 automatic. Shelby said it could go 200 mph, but Cosby only apparently drove it once — if that. He was so terrified that he gave it back, and wrote a comedy routine about it. He performed the bit at Harrah’s casino in Lake Tahoe, the recording of which ended up on his 1968 album called, fittingly, 200 MPH.

RIP Carroll Shelby.

Courtesy Jalopnik (Hat tip to Dash!)

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